About me

I am a writer and cultural journalist based in Florence, Italy. Born and raised in Mississippi, I’m now in my sixth year of Italian living, and I enjoy the (strangely complementary) missions of both sharing the best of my adoptive city and country and debunking the myth of the dolce vita.

I’m currently entering a new chapter as a freelance writer and cultural features journalist after a long stint in a deputy editorial role at The FlorentineFlorence’s primary media outlet in English. At TF I regularly wrote featuresprofiles and interviews, enterprise news reportspersonal essays, event roundups, and practical guides to local life geared at English speakers. Beyond TF, I co-authored the eighth edition of guidebook Time Out: Florence and have been a frequent guest speaker for American university programs and writers’ groups in Florence. In 2018, I was awarded the Premio Famiglia Fiducia fellowship to pursue my M.A. in Italian Studies at Middlebury College’s School in Italy, where my thesis explores how the legacy of Florentine journalist Oriana Fallaci has impacted public discussion of the construction of mosques in Florence and greater Tuscany.

Culture, the arts, travel and religion are the beats where my background is strongest. All things Florence are fair game, but I am not a one-trick-Tuscan pony; I treat all subjects, familiar or new, with a spirit of inquiry and generosity. To commission me, please email verymarygray@gmail.com.

 

 

Photo credit: @MarcoBadiani